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Featuring exceptional Arabs around the world and their journeys to the top. 

Al Empire is a Kerning Cultures Network production. 

Al Empire Kerning Cultures Network

    • Society & Culture

Featuring exceptional Arabs around the world and their journeys to the top. 

Al Empire is a Kerning Cultures Network production. 

    Bonus: "Jasadi"

    Bonus: "Jasadi"

    While we work on season 2 of Al Empire, we want to share another Kerning Cultures Network podcast with you: جسدي ("Jasadi"). 

    This Arabic podcast features stories on the body, self, and what’s between them. These intimate stories take us on a trip with the self and all that it entails: rejection, embrace, struggle, or mere coexistence.

    Subscribe and listen to weekly episodes of جسدي on your favorite podcast app, or here.

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    • 2 min
    Hatoon Kadi: Comedian

    Hatoon Kadi: Comedian

    In our season finale, Hatoon talks about the video that accidentally went viral and made her famous. From being named as BBC’s 100 Women in 2014 to dealing with trolls, this is the journey of Saudi’s first female comedian.

    Follow Hatoon Kadi on social media: @hatoonkadi. This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Dana Ballout, with editorial support by Linah Mohammad and Alex Atack. Sound design by Mohamad Khreizat, and fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Our original sting was composed by Ramzi Bashour.  Al Empire is a Kerning Cultures Network production. 

    في ختام هذا الموسم، تحدثنا هتون القاضي، أول فنانة كوميدية سعودية عن الفيديو الذي حصد شهرةً واسعة فغيّر بدوره مجرى حياتها، كما تشاركنا مسيرتها المهنية منذ تصنيفها ضمن قائمة بي بي سي لأكثر النساء إلهاماً لعام 2014  بالإضافة لمشاعرها الشخصية بعد تعرضها للتنمر الالكتروني وموجات الانتقادات التي تعرضت لها.

    يمكنكم متابعة هتون القاضي على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي. 

    هذه الحلقة من إنتاج هبة فيشر ودانة بلوط وبمساعدة تحريرية من لينا محمد واليكس اتاك. 

    التصميم الصوتي:  محمد خريزات و تدقيق الحقائق:  زينة دويدر.

    برنامج الإمبير من انتاج شبكة كيرنينج كلتشرز.

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    • 39 min
    Andre Haddad: Turo CEO

    Andre Haddad: Turo CEO

    Andre talks about growing up during the Lebanese civil war and how discovering The Economist at age 13 inspired a spirit of entrepreneurship in him early in his life. Fleeing the violence of Beirut, Andre moves to France where his love of music led him to build his first company. From there, his journey towards success had only just begun. 

    Update: As of October 2019, Turo raised upwards of $450 million in funding, has 350,000 cars listed on its platform, and 12 million signups.  


    This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Dana Ballout, with editorial support by Linah Mohammad and Alex Atack. Sound design by Mohamad Khreizat, and fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Our original sting was composed by Ramzi Bashour.
    Al Empire is a Kerning Cultures Network production.

    This episode was made possible, in part, by Techwadi, the bridge between Silicon Valley and the Middle East.

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    • 38 min
    Dina Shihabi: Actor

    Dina Shihabi: Actor

    Dina, now an acclaimed actress with shows on Amazon and Hulu, initially set out to become a professional dancer, despite trying to quit ballet as a child. On this episode, she talks about the critical moments that propelled her acting career forward and the rewards of  pushing the envelope.

    If you enjoyed listening to this episode, hit the ‘subscribe’ button and leave a review or support us on Patreon!

    This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Dana Ballout, with editorial support by Alex Atack. Sound design by Mohamed Khreizat, and fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Original sting composed by Ramzi Bashour.

    Al Empire is a Kerning Cultures Network production.

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    • 38 min
    Bassem Youssef: Comedian

    Bassem Youssef: Comedian

    Bassem reflects on the moments that inspired him to leave behind 19 years in medicine for political satire, a show that was watched by 40 million people every week. Now, he tells us about what it’s like reinventing a career for himself in the US, and about the time long ago when he raised baby chicks.

    If you enjoyed listening to this episode, hit the ‘subscribe’ button and leave a review or support us on Patreon!

    This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Dana Ballout, with editorial support by Alex Atack. Sound design by Mohamad Khreizat, and fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Original sting composed by Ramzi Bashour.

    Al Empire is a Kerning Cultures Network production. 

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    • 46 min
    Joy Ajlouny: Cofounder, Fetchr

    Joy Ajlouny: Cofounder, Fetchr

    Joy talks about building three companies from the ground up: from signing a $10,000 lease at the age of 23 to raising $56M across her ventures. She also talks about how she always challenged the status quo, even as a child.

    If you enjoyed listening to this episode, hit the ‘subscribe’ button and leave a review or support us on Patreon!

    This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Dana Ballout, with editorial support by Percia Verlin and Alex Atack. Sound design by Mohamad Khreizat, and fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Original sting composed by Ramzi Bashour.

    Al Empire is a Kerning Cultures Network production. 

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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Great show

I’m an Arab and I constantly underestimate Arabs and think our glory days are over at least that how I felt before tuning in to this show it’s amazing the personalities they portray here are amazing definitely inspirational keep it up.

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